This Fall 10 Things To Plant


In the fall cool weather can be taken advantaged. Dig in your yard and add a few plants. Build a few Raised Gardens and plant during this perfect time, many different items, including grass, trees, tulips and daffodils. Low temps help plants to transition easier from pots to planting beds. Disease and pests problems typically lower in the fall. In several regions, seasonal rains help give plants a healthier start.

  1. Bulbs

    Planting bulbs that flower in spring and summer, including crocus, tulip, daffodil, alliums and the entire lilies family is idea. Bulbs in the ground when soil temps hit 55 F. This occurs when you no longer hear crickets, night temps hover between 40 F and 50 F or fall color is just past peak. You can plant as long as the ground is not frozen, but it's best to get it done during the 8 weeks following the first frost.

  2. Grass

    Grass thrives in the fall. Doesn't matter if it's seed or sod your planting. Cool season grasses include fine fescues, Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass and bentgrass. In the fall you find that it's a good time for lawns to thicken turf.

  3. Vegetables

    Keep fresh vegetables coming by sowing seeds or transplants of cold-tolerant veggies. Depending on where you garden, seeds need to be in the ground by late August or early September, but you can find seedlings for sale at farmers' markets and garden centers. Fall planting include salad greens, like lettuce, spinach, kale, collards, arugula and mizuna. Other autumn veggies include radish, turnip, kohlrabi, broccoli and brussels sprouts.


  4. Annuals

    Colorful annuals do well during chilly days and frosty nights. Chilly bloomers include pansy, viola, sweet alyssum, flowering stock, calendula and lobelia. Colorful leaves that look nice even in the light snow are flowering kale and cabbage.

  5. Peony

    The perfect time to get peonis into the ground is during Autumn. Peony nurseries ship barefoot peonies, so the greatest selection is available. Be sure when planting bareroot peonies to keep them shallow 2 inches deep.

  6. Shrubs

    Planting shrubs (deciduous & evergreen) is long from early fall until the ground freezes. It's best to tuck plants into soil in early fall, so new roots can grow before the ground freezes solid. 

  7. Trees

    Trees do well with fall planting because warm soil coaxes roots to grow, while cool air near leaves reduces the sapling's moisture needs. 

  8. Cuttings of Tender Plants

    Take cuttings of plants that won't survive frost, like scented geranium, fancy-leaf begonia, Mexican bush sage, plectranthus, and pineapple sage. Root cuttings in water, or dip them in rooting hormone and stick them directly into a rooting medium. Use bottom heat to ensure best rooting, like a metal raised garden bed.

  9. Perennials

    Tuck perennials into planting beds as soon as you can in fall so plants establish roots before soil freezes. Be sure to mulch newly planted perennials to help prevent frost heave, especially in coldest zones.

  10. Evergreens

    Plant evergreens by mid-fall to give roots enough time to penetrate into soil. Cold regions, it's also a good idea to spray newly planted evergreen trees and shrubs with an antitranspirant to help prevent winter burn on leaves or needles.

click here to read the article originally written by Julie Martens Forney